Here comes TARTINERY

A gem just opened its doors in Nolita! TARTINERY Nolita is a new concept -you could call it fast food… but gourmet, of course! They serve the best tartines made with the finest French bread and exquisite ingredients. All that in a warm, family-like atmosphere… Maxime, Stephan and Nicolas, little geniuses, are the first to import Pain Poilâne to New York. The menu, simple and delish, offers a diverse selection of tartines, soups, salads and healthy juices. If you are into cheese, we highly recommend the melting Saint-Marcelin tartine, and if you prefer something on the sweet side, the warm Nutella one… culinary orgasm on a silver platter!

Be ready to have a love affair with this place…

TARTINERY Nolita : 209 Mulberry Street @ Spring. Tel: 1212 300 5838. Currently open for lunch, TARTINERY will also be open for dinner around March 20th .

Photos © Marilou Daube


You often hear foreigners say that they couldn’t live in NY because they would miss part of their lifestyle, particularly  the food… Well, if there is one thing you can’t complain about in NY,  it’s the food! For the Italians, a taste of home is around the corner at Gottino… heaven on earth!

This wine bar takes you on a culinary trip around Italy, serving you the finest Italian wines, obviously, but also delicious small plates of various hams, cheeses and other local delicacies…

Just to give you an idea of how good it is, note that Jody Williams, the chef of this little -Michelin recommended,  “gastroteca,” started her career at Il Buco… So if you are looking for the perfect place to have drinks and a bite… Look no further!

Note that they have the cutest garden in the back- ideal in the summer!

GOTTINO is located 52 greenwich avenue (bet 10th street and 7th avenue). Tel 1 212 633 25 90
Check out their great blog for more info


IZAKAYA TEN is intimate, cosy and the food is delicious. The rare kind of Japanese restaurant where you feel at home.
No reservation needed, you just might have five minutes at the bar to sip some sake or a lichee Martini (highly recommended) and nibble on some edamame before being seated at a small candle-lit table.
Saikoro Beef Steak, Yuzu Duck, Monkfish Liver, … everything is extremely tasty and served in small portions, so you can try them all ;-). For the late bird, note that IZAKAYA TEN is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 3 am!

This spot is the ultimate NY Butterfly’s pick!

IZAKAYA TEN: 207 10th Avenue, bet 22nd & 23rd St. Tel: 1 212 627 7777

Brighton Beach or a trip to Russia…

If you are bored of traditional winter weekends in the city, you should try to go to Russia for a day!

Brighton Beach, also known as “Little Odessa” is only 45mn away from Manhattan- it will definitely surprise you. This neighborhood is mostly populated by Russian immigrants who came from the former Soviet Union in the late 60’s. Here you’ll wander around numerous storefronts with traditional Russian signs such as Fur shops, bakeries and Russian bookstores …

Head out there on a lovely sunny day, it’s easy to take the subway and get off at the Conney Island stop. Trot down the boardwalk towards Brighton beach. Sea gulls hanging on the beach might be your only encounter at this time of the year but that’s what makes this place so special.

The empty amusement park (closed for the winter) gives a mystical twist to the atmosphere…

To warm up from the brisk walk go to Tatiana, a typical Russian restaurant with a warm atmosphere and fancy décor where the vodka is generously poured… 😉

Tatiana is located 3152 Brighton 6th St (bet E Boardwalk & Brightwater Ct)

INDOCHINE always and forever…

New York’s iconic downtown restaurant, INDOCHINE celebrates its 25th anniversary. With its stylish ambience, tropical décor, exotic French-Vietnamese cuisine, and yummy cocktails, INDOCHINE is one of these few, time less, restaurant that manages to stay a hip destination after all these years.

INDOCHINE, the book, celebrates twenty-five years of being an important legacy in New York’s downtown social swirl. It gathers Vintage photographs from the 1980s and ’90s mixed with collages and Polaroids taken during the restaurant’s most notorious private parties.  Stories by Moby, Julianne Moore and Bob Colacello are combined with photographs by Roxanne Lowit and Patrick Demarchelier, along with artworks by Francesco Clemente, Helmut Lang, Narciso Rodriguez, and Julian Schnabel and many more…

The restaurant is a must-see and the book is a must-have!

INDOCHINE is located 430 Lafayette Street bet W4th st & Astor pl. Tel: 1 212 505 5111

Indochine: Stories, shaken and stirred. Hardcover / $50.00 U.S.Rizzoli
You can buy the book on their website.

Burger Joint

New York is obviously full of great burger joints but NY Butterfly has a special little something for the one hidden in the Parker Meridien hotel.

When visiting the city, everyone craves for a good burger… This one should definitely be your pick! Not only are the burgers exceptionally juicy and tasty, the place itself is quite surprising. Located Midtown West, inside a fancy hotel, you would never expect such an authentic decor- It takes you straight on a road trip across America with Jack Kerouac by your side… 🙂

Ideal after a walk in Central Park or a visit to the MOMA.

The Burger Joint @ The Parker Meridien Hotel. 119 W 56th street bet 6th and 7th av. Tel:  1 212 245 5000. Click here to see their menu.

Sunny winter brunch at the B Bar

On the weekends, the best place to enjoy New York’s clear blue and sunny sky is the B Bar. Located in Noho, this restaurant serves a classic American brunch in a huge heated garden. Just go and sit with friends or with a pile of magazines, you  won’t even have  to queue for a table …

A paradise when it’s freezing outside!

B Bar and Grill. 40 E. 4th Street @ Bowery st.
Tel: 212-475-2220
Dogs are allowed in the garden